Andre Kertesz, Distortion #132, 1932.
Born in Budapest, Kertesz originally worked at the Budapest Stock Exchange before he left for Paris to pursue his interest in the newly evolving art form of photography. By the late 20’s, Kertesz’s whimsical photographs of Parisian streets and artists were being shown in galleries.
His most famous works, and the work I am currently obsessed with, are his fun house nudes. Made in the early 30’s before he moved to New York, the photographs are surreal and abstract. I can’t help but think that he and Man Ray were involved in Paris at that time. The photographs definitely set themselves apart; Kertesz deserves to be known as a pioneer of contemporary photography.